The Last Poets – Mean Machine [1971]

Before there was Hip Hop, there were The Last Poets. The Last Poets have been cited as one of the earliest influences on what would become hip-hop music; critic Jason Ankeny wrote, “With their politically charged raps, taut rhythms, and dedication to raising African-American consciousness, the Last Poets almost single-handedly laid the groundwork for the emergence of hip-hop.” (Wikipedia)

I love this new version from the Poets, released on their ’92 remastered version of “The Lost Poets”. The remaster has the lot, some extra effects work, a far cleaner recording and a much funkier breakbeat than the 1971 original You probably recognise the “Automatic, Push Button, Remote Control. Synthetic, Genetic commands your soul” clip as the sample used in M/A/R/R/S’ “Pump Up The Volume”.

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